MLS round-up: Substitute David Villa helps New York City FC to victory

source : - 16/04/18 11:30am

David Villa helped NYCFC to victory on Sunday (Courtesy of USA Today/MLSsoccer)

David Villa came off the bench to score and assist as New York City FC remained unbeaten top of the Eastern Conference table with a 2-2 draw at second-place Atlanta United on Sunday.

Villa scored a penalty in the first half and set up Alexander Ring for the equaliser in the 73rd minute of a well-played contest between the two sides.

Atlanta`s Greg Garza and Chris McCann scored the goals for the hosts at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Miguel Almiron had a hand in each of them for United, who had their four-game winning streak.

Garza opened the scoring, netting a rebound from Almiron`s effort in the 29th minute before NYCFC forward Jo Inge Berget won a penalty after he was fouled by Michael Parkhurst nine minutes later which Villa - who came off the bench in the 35th minute - converted.

Two minutes later, Atlanta had a goal disallowed after a video review showed Josef Martinez was offside and interfered with NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson after Darlington Nagbe`s cross from just outside the box.

McCann gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute, heading home a perfect left-to-right cross from Almiron but Villa was involved again 17 minutes later as he set up Ring for a superb strike to see the visitors take a point.

Elsewhere, Will Bruin also scored and assisted as the Seattle Sounders snapped their three-game losing streak with a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon against Sporting Kansas City at Children`s Mercy Park.

Cristian Roldan also scored for the Sounders while Ilie Sanchez and Graham Zusi netted for the hosts, who remain top of the Western Conference.

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